Under Armour Just Bought 100 Million Users Worth of Fitness Data

If you track your fitness on your smartphone—and are serious about results—chances are pretty decent you've tried MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness or Endomondo. Guess what? All three of them belong to sportswear company Under Armour as of right now. » 2/04/15 5:32pm 2/04/15 5:32pm

Hey Twitter, Please Don't Ruin SoundCloud

Remember Twitter Music? Probably not. The ill-fated recommendation service started as We Are Hunted, which was a great independent service until Twitter bought it, tanked its music ambitions, and killed it. Now there's a rumor Twitter has its roving eye on SoundCloud. We really hope history isn't about to repeat… » 5/19/14 2:56pm 5/19/14 2:56pm

Confirmed: Apple Bought the Company That Made the Original Kinect

Your iPhone could be getting some serious new capabilities soon, following the news that Apple has acquired the 3D-sensing technology company PrimeSense. This is the same Israeli company that built the original Microsoft Kinect sensor. But that doesn't mean Apple's planning an Xbox competitor anytime soon. » 11/25/13 10:42am 11/25/13 10:42am

Google Bought a Smartwatch Company

According to GigaOM, Google bought WIMM Labs last year to help develop its upcoming Android smartwatch. WIMM Labs was the maker of the WIMM One, a smart watch released a few years ago that ran a modified version of Android. » 8/30/13 5:20pm 8/30/13 5:20pm

Apple seems to be bolstering the public transportation offerings in Maps. It just acquired Embark, a small start up that specializes in transit. It's unclear how much Apple paid for the company, but the technology will be a welcome addition to iOS devices. » 8/22/13 4:18pm 8/22/13 4:18pm

What Apple's Latest Acquisition Says About the Future of Apple TV

Apple just bought a small startup company you probably never heard of called Matcha.tv. Why is this important? Because it might, maybe, could possibly reveal what Apple sees as the future of Apple TV: a channel-less oasis where it doesn't matter what streaming service you watch your favorite TV show on as long as… » 8/14/13 12:20am 8/14/13 12:20am

Report: Microsoft Wants to Buy Nook for $1 Billion

TechCrunch is reporting that Microsoft, which has already made an interesting $300 million investment in Nook, wants to double down and buy the whole darn thing. Specifically, Microsoft wants to pay $1 billion to acquire the digital assets of Nook Media LLC—that would be the separate Nook company that spun off from… » 5/08/13 11:19pm 5/08/13 11:19pm

Report: Twitter Is Working on Its Own Music App

Acquisitions usually aren't for nothing, and CNET is reporting that Twitter's purchase of music discovery app We Are Hunted last year means its own standalone music app is allegedly on the way very soon. » 3/13/13 1:41pm 3/13/13 1:41pm

The Amazing Story of How a Savvy Entrepreneur Sold Two Companies You've…

In December of 2009 Apple bought a small startup led by Bill Nguyen named Lala. The company was named after the first words of Nguyen's adopted son. It was also a word play on the solfège note "La". Lala struggled through pivot after pivot in the music industry, buying digital radio stations, a CD swapping business… » 1/18/13 11:27am 1/18/13 11:27am

You're the CEO: Which Company Should Buy What Other Company?

Facebook bought Instagram for a bazillion, Digg sold itself for a Quizno's gift card, and countless startups are hoping to get copped too. But if you could make it happen, which company would buy out which? » 11/08/12 10:56am 11/08/12 10:56am

Google Just Bought Its Instagram Competitor—And One of Apple's Favorite…

Google has just made a big photo buy—it has acquired Nik Software, a.k.a the company behind iOS app Snapseed and other image software. It's a big boost to Google's picture editing capabilities, though Facebook and Instagram are probably not freaking out so much as definitely listening to this news. » 9/17/12 12:01pm 9/17/12 12:01pm

PayPal Acquires Mobile-Wallet Tech Company card.io


PayPal announced on their blog today that they have acquired card.io, the San Francisco-based company that "provides technology for developers to capture credit card information by using the camera on a smartphone." » 7/18/12 2:00am 7/18/12 2:00am

Meebo Will Soon be Mostly Gone, But Not in the One Way That Matters Most

Meebo's taken a lot of heat from us lately, and not for nothing: As of July 11th, the plug will be pulled on the majority of the one-time social network and advertising company's services. » 6/11/12 11:40pm 6/11/12 11:40pm

Google Is Buying Meebo (Updated)

Meebo, onetime mobile chat king and current internet uglifier, has agreed to be acquired by Google. Details are sparse right now, but the purchase would make sense if Google's after Meebo as an ad platform. » 6/04/12 4:15pm 6/04/12 4:15pm